6 Secrets Why Calcium Is An Important Nutrient During Breastfeeding

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Updated on Oct 16, 2019

6 Secrets Why Calcium Is An Important Nutrient During Breastfeeding
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The process of giving birth to a child is truly an extraordinary feeling. Although, there are many stages in the process of pregnancy and childbirth where a woman has to undergo a lot of physical changes. During pregnancy, the child derives essential nutrients from the mother and after birth through her breast milk. One of the most important nutrients which are utilized during this phase is calcium. Therefore, the importance of calcium intake after childbirth cannot be overlooked by mothers. [Read Also - Important Breastfeeding Facts]

Why Calcium Is Important Nutrient for Breastfeeding Moms?

Below are 6 must-know facts for breastfeeding moms to ensure the baby’s growing need. Read on 

#1. Increased Requirement of Calcium

Most pregnant and breastfeeding women in India have low dietary calcium intake.  Data from10 Indian States shows that intake of calcium for women during pregnancy and lactation is only 400 mg whereas they need 1200 mg calcium per day.

#2. The Calcium Requirement of the Baby

The baby requires 200-300 mg of calcium daily from breastmilk for the first six months. This calcium is important for helping the baby develop strong bones and teeth. The teeth and bones comprise 99% of the body’s calcium.

#3. Postpartum Loss of Calcium is Higher

Loss of calcium is four times higher during the nine months of lactation than during pregnancy.

#4. Calcium is Lost on a Daily Basis

As exclusive breastfeeding is a must for babies, a lot of calcium is lost from a mother’s body on daily basis. A lactating woman can lose 200-300 mg a day during breastfeeding. 

#5. Adequate Calcium Intake is a Must

Adequate intake of calcium by the breastfeeding mother is important for calcium-rich breast milk and for prevention of osteoporosis which is a medical condition caused due to calcium deficiency.

#6. Loss of Bone Mass

A mother’s body has to work overtime for meeting the breastfeeding requirements. As studies have shown that women often lose 3 to 5% of their bone mass during six months of breastfeeding to meet the baby’s growing need for calcium, nourishment of a mother is important for the nourishment of the baby. [Read This - 14 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby and Mother]

Disclaimer: This article is for residents of India only. This information is for general awareness only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your physician for further information/ advice. Issued in public interest by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Oct 06, 2017

very useful and an educative blog.. many thanks for sharing it.

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| Oct 07, 2017

thankuuu so much guys... its very useful..

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| Oct 13, 2017

5Źm 89kĺ

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| Oct 18, 2017

Good to know fact

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| Jul 15, 2019

how much calcium can be in the one kg milk...

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| Oct 13, 2019

9 month baby diet plan pls

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| Oct 18, 2019

Good information

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| Nov 09, 2019

Please at what month should I feed my baby of formula food

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